If you are looking for a way to save time in the kitchen, make-ahead freezer meals are the way to go. These 30 freezer meals for busy moms are also kid-friendly and perfect to have on hand for weeknight dinners.
Freezer Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms: A DIY GUIDE
When I was pregnant with my son, I decided to spend some time prepping some meals ahead of time so that when I had the baby I could just grab a bag from the freezer and not have to think about what to make for dinner.
I got addicted to the process and ended up with enough meals prepped that we had two freezer meals per week for 3 months as part of our weekly meal plan before I had to make more.
Those make ahead meals were a life-saver as a new mom with two kids, but they are just as helpful now as a busy working mom.
Whether you’re an expecting mom, a new mom, a veteran mom or a working mom… you should hop on the freezer meal bandwagon ASAP.
Freezer cooking is the perfect way to prep homemade meals so you don’t have to resort to fast food (or cereal) to feed your family when you’re short on time.
The basic idea is that you prep all the ingredients for the meal and then store it in a freezer bag or foil baking tin. Some of the meals even call for cooking the entire thing so that when it’s dinner time all you have to do is heat up the meal and dinner is ready.
Many moms make their freezer meals in bulk, including me. By cooking large batches can get your freezer stocked with multiple meals at a time, but you only do the work once.
The basic steps are:
Choose your freezer friendly recipes
Make your grocery list
Get your items from the grocery store
Prep the ingredients (chop veggies, cube meat etc)
Cook the meal (Some recipes won’t be cooked now, but instead you will freeze the ingredients and drop it in the slow cooker, instant pot or oven on the day you will serve it)
Portion the meals into storage containers (plastic bags or baking tins)
Freeze and store until you’re ready
Another great tip is to choose recipes that require the same ingredients, which will make shopping and prep easier.
I also always buy prechopped veggies from the produce or freezer section to save myself even more time when conducting my freezer meal assembly line.
Quick and Easy Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Moms
By having a few (or 30) meals stocked in your freezer you will save yourself a ton of time and stress trying to figure out what to have for dinner.
Of course you can make these freezer meals for yourself, but they also make the perfect gift to bring to a new moms or that friend who needs a break when it comes to cooking for her family.
Below you will find a month’s worth of our favorite freezer make ahead meals that are perfect for getting dinner on the table on those busy weeknights or weekends.
All of the recipes in this list are family-friendly and include ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Easy Make Ahead Freezer Meals
I searched high and low for the make ahead freezer meals on this list. To make the cut they needed to be quick, easy and kid-friendly. Perfect for busy moms, new moms and hungry people!
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken is an easy recipe for shredded chicken. You can use this chicken in all kinds of dishes from tacos, to burrito bowls, to salads, to quesadillas. This chicken is freezer friendly and such a great busy weekday option.
Chicken and bacon in a creamy, cheese, ranch filling – these Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos are ALWAYS a family favorite freezer meal! They are super easy to make and will help you get dinner on the table in no time! Bake straight from frozen and then are on the table in 20 minutes!!!
This makes a great freezer meal. I usually make a double-batch when I make this- make half for that evening and then go ahead and freeze the second half. So one shopping trip and prep time for two meals.
Between the frozen broccoli and canned soup, this one feels a little retro, but man is it delicious! While the recipe calls for using a cooked rotisserie chicken, you could easily substitute leftover Thanksgiving turkey as well!
This freezer-friendly Healthy Egg Roll in a Bowl (aka Crack Slaw) has all of the great flavor of Egg Rolls, but it's a sure to please Easy One Pan Meal with all the taste, but without the carby wrappers.
Make your own homemade freezer-friendly Ham & Swiss Hot Pockets at home for cheap!!! They are perfect to keep in the freezer for easy dinners, school lunches or after-school snacks! They take only minutes to make and taste delicious!
Lauren Tingley is a formerly stressed out, working teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing herself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood she discovered simplifying was the answer. Now she shares her tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. Lauren's ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me! Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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